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Most Hunters Receive Spring Turkey Tags by Mail
From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources -- With spring gobbler season just around the corner, South Carolina hunters will be happy to know that turkey tags are now being mailed to most hunters. Thanks to changes in the licensing syst...

First-in-the-nation voluntary agreement working to protect wildlife and their habitats
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission   -- HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released its first annual report about the results of the voluntary agreement between the agency and 20 wind energy companies who have vowed to ...

Winter Snows Creating North Dakota Lakes Access Concerns
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Near-record early winter snowfall over much of North Dakota is generating public and state Game and Fish Department concerns regarding the state’s fishing waters. Winter anglers are having a to...

Nonresident ND Any-Deer Bow Licenses Issued March 1
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have 1,290 any-deer bow licenses available to nonresidents in 2009. The number of nonresident any-deer bow licenses available is 15 percent of the prev...

West Virginia Hunters Harvest Record 2,064 Black Bears
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources   -- West Virginia hunters harvested a record 2,064 black bears during the combined 2008 archery and firearms seasons, according to Chris Ryan, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virgini...

Walton Short’s long elk legacy comes to an end
From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- MAGNOLIA – Arkansas’s premier elk hunter has died at the age of 84. Walton Short’s legacy will be forever intertwined with the state’s elk herd. Short died Sunday, Jan. 18. In ...

Monroe County, Indiana, added to emerald ash borer/wood quarantine
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- A new find of emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive forest insect that kills ash trees, has resulted in Polk Township in Monroe County being quarantined.  This detection was found as a...

Goose hunters urged to watch for swans
From the Missouri Department of  Conservation -- JEFFERSON CITY—The killing of five trumpeter swans in central Missouri underlines the serious risks involved in failing to identify waterfowl before shooting  Eight trumpeter swans...

A True Trophy
By Jared Moffett -- My name is Jared Moffett, and I am a 20 year old Chemical Engineering student at Mississippi State University.  I bought my bow in 8th grade with money I earned working at a Farmer’s Market in my hometown of Slidell, L...

Trophy hunting smear evolves from fish tale
By Mike Handley -- Never underestimate the power of words or those who wield it. A major news magazine, several newspapers, websites and bloggers last week published stories slamming the practice of "trophy hunting," or so it seemed to ...

Buckmasters Classic Is More Than a Hunt
By Greta Locke -- On Monday, Jan. 19, the Buckmasters crew, along with generous volunteers, gathered for the eighth Buckmasters Classic Life Hunt, held annually for seriously ill and disabled kids and a few select disabled hunters. The event is hel...

A Reward for Patience
By Tim Ragle -- In October 2006 I went on a bow hunt by myself in the northeast Indiana.  I got in my treestand before daylight, and stayed there all morning without seeing any deer. By noon, I climbed down and drove to the nearest gas sta...

Hunting Incidents Decrease in 2008
From the North Dakota Fish and Game Department -- The number of incidents involving North Dakota hunters in 2008 was below the average of the past decade, and nearly half what occurred in 2007. But sadly, two involved fatalities. Jon Hanson, hunter...

Watchable Wildlife Check-off on State Tax Form
From the North Dakota Fish and Game Department -- North Dakota taxpayers with an interest in supporting wildlife conservation programs are reminded to look for the Watchable Wildlife check-off on the state tax form. The 2008 state income tax form gi...

SHOT Show Signals Positive Start for Firearms Industry in 2009
From National Shooting Sports Foundation -- ORLANDO, Fla. -- Buyers, exhibitors and media from around the globe flocked to Orlando for the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry's largest trade show, the National Shooting Sports Foundation's SHOT Sh...

Public comment meeting Feb. 12 for Georgia Invasive Species Strategy
From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 16, 2009) - A draft plan that targets more than 180 invasive species threatening Georgia’s rich variety of native wildlife is available for public comment. The Geo...

12 Hunting-Related Incidents Reported in Nebraska During 2008
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- LINCOLN, Neb. -- There were 12 hunting-related incidents in Nebraska during 2008, including one fatal incident, according to Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator Mike Streeter. The fatal incident occ...

Nebraska Commissioners Approve Grant Applications
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners approved funding of six Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant applications, six Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applicatio...

Missouri Archery deer harvest sets record
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- JEFFERSON CITY—Bowhunters checked 44,434 deer during the 2008-09 archery deer season, setting a record and boosting the combined firearms and archery deer kill to 283,253. Missouri’s arch...

Missouri hunters set a safety record in 2008
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- JEFFERSON CITY–Missouri recorded 15 firearms-related hunting accidents in 2008, the fewest since the Missouri Department of Conservation began keeping records in 1963. Conservation Department recor...
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